Durham University PhD student Matthew Hedges and his wife Daniela Tejada. Photograph: Daniela Tejada/EPA

The PhD student Matthew Hedges has spoken out about the psychological torture he underwent while being held for nearly seven months in the United Arab(...)

Undated family handout file photo of Matthew Hedges with his wife Daniela Tejada. Photograph: Daniela Tejada/PA

Clemency for a British academic jailed for life in the United Arab Emirates on a spying charge is being considered by the Gulf state’s leaders, an off(...)

 Matthew Hedges, a Middle Eastern studies specialist from Durham University, with his wife Daniela Tejada. File photograph: Daniela Tejada/PA Wire

British prime minister Theresa May has said she is “deeply disappointed and concerned” about the case of a British academic jailed for life in the Uni(...)

 Ice floats near the coast of Antarctica. Photograph: Nasa

The Antarctic ice sheet lost about 3 trillion tonnes of ice between 1992 and 2017, according to satellite analysis, with recent losses causing global (...)

435-million-year-old fossil starfish: the Crepidosoma doyleii brittlestar measures about 15mm across

A 435-million-year-old fossil discovered in Connemara by an Irish geologist has been confirmed as a new species and the oldest of its type in Ireland.(...)

 Lily Thorup, Sarah Norris, Isabel McLoughlin and Jenny Lynch, students from Our Lady’s, Terenure at Áras an Uachtaráin to mark World Philosophy Day and launch the the Irish Young Philosopher Awards. Photo: Maxwells

Every Wednesday, teacher Elizabeth O’Brien takes a double-class which has no textbook and will lead to no exams. Over blocks of eight weeks, 30 stud(...)

 The Rev Ian Paisley:  “Unionism has judged itself virtuous using a different marker, which can be found in the way Paisley emphasised the ever-present threats to an idealised moral and spiritual order.” Photograph: Alan Betson

As someone who sees themselves as a unionist, who believes in a shared parliamentary tradition and history, which for all its faults and misappropriat(...)

John Regan, Aoife Gowen and Anil Kokaram are among the scientists in Ireland to have benefited from Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

The EU funds dozens of initiatives that support scientific research but few have the overall impact of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. These have (...)

Two-thirds of third-level teachers in Ireland are not in full-time or permanent jobs. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

This article forms part of a new series for Irish Times Abroad on the opportunities worldwide for Irish teachers. Already teaching abroad? Tell (...)

Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of Amatrice, Italy, on Wednesday. Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Central Italy is one of the most active earthquake zones in world, with tremors regularly shaking the country’s mountainous backbone. Most of the qua(...)

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